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VASCONCELLOS, Jorge Ferreira de

Comedia eufrosina.  Novamente impressa, e emmendada por Francisco Roiz Lobo.  Terceira ediçam fielmente copiada por Bento Joze de Sousa Farinha.

£200

Lisbon, na Officina da Academia Real das Sciencias, 1786.

Description

Small 8vo.  356, (1 ff.).  Near contemporary calf (rebacked).   From the library of John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute, Prime Minister of Great Britain 1762-63, with his coat of arms on front and back covers.

The author’s “masterpiece,” according to Aubrey Bell.   Although the work did not appear in print, anonymously, until 1555, he believed that it had been written in 1537.   “It is as a dramatist and still more as a writer of Portuguese prose that the distinguished courtier of King João’s reign deserves a higher place in Portuguese literature than his ungrateful countrymen have habitually accorded him . . .  It was a legitimate success and its modern neglect is all the more deplorable because in this play the Portuguese language, the richness, concision, and grace of which are exalted in the preface, appears in its purest, raciest form” (Bell, Portuguese Literature, pp. 167 & 170).   In 1581 the work was prohibited by the censors.   This edition copies that of 1616 edited by Francisco Rois Lobo.  

Innocêncio IV, 168 , “Bento José de Sousa Farinha fez a nova edição que chama terceira, mas que é de certo a quarta, pelo menos.”   Palha 1208.   Monteverde 2362.  

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